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Comment: Re:leaked huh ? (Score 3, Insightful) 899

by krisbrowne42 (#42639727) Attached to: New York Pistol Permit Owner List Leaked

And almost every one of those is a case where the gun is being used as the manufacturer intended, not an accident.

Yes. About 2/3 of those uses are suicides, and the rest are almost all homicides with illegal guns. Gun control has no significant effect reducing either of these numbers. There is a small remainder of homicides committed with legally owned guns and accidents, but many legal products are far more dangerous. Furthermore, there is no justification for creating intrusive government regulation that prevents me from committing suicide with a gun.

Actually...

In the US, we have no real numbers on gun control and suicide rates, homicide rates, or pretty much anything else because the gun lobby has worked to destroy any public funding for such research, and to end careers of anyone who tries to independently study them.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/26/us/26guns.html?pagewanted=all

In Australia, they had real, significant reductions in suicides when they implemented their gun controls. Also, they had previously had a number of mass shootings, and have had 0 since.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/17/opinion/australia-banned-assault-weapons-america-can-too.html

"The Australian Institute of Criminology found that gun-related murders and suicides fell sharply after 1996. The American Law and Economics Review found that our gun buyback scheme cut firearm suicides by 74 percent. In the 18 years before the 1996 reforms, Australia suffered 13 gun massacres — each with more than four victims — causing a total of 102 deaths. There has not been a single massacre in that category since 1996."

AU suicide stats: http://www.mindframe-media.info/for-media/reporting-suicide/facts-and-stats

Comment: Re:Very few performance issues? (Score 1) 206

by krisbrowne42 (#37313306) Attached to: Cloud Gaming Service OnLive Unofficially On Linux
I do not agree that the service doesn't make sense. If one has a Mac, for example, this service suddenly opens up dozens of games which the developers would not have released as native any time in the near future. If you have something like a Macbook Air, or any device with a smaller storage space, this alleviates having to load and remove games when you want to play them. It leaves your space for games which you want to dedicate to, without having to compromise on what you want to play Right Now. Network issues resolve pretty easily.... As service popularity rises, adding more gear, bandwidth, and optimization becomes a lot easier. As for "buying" games, their PlayPack service, at $10 a month for unlimited play of 80+ games, seems like an easy sell for a casual dabblers like me, especially compared to buying PC games where you cannot easily resell them when you've moved on.

+ - Open source address book

Submitted by
dadrian
dadrian writes "I've been looking for an open source solution to an address book for my small office. The problem seems simple, all i want is an address book that i can sync between Thunderbird clients and also view on a web page, preferably not a complex CRM solution. Mostly the problem i had was that there was hard to find Thunderbird connectivity or it was buggy or out dated. What do Slashdot readers use to solve such a problem ?"

Comment: Scotch (Score 1) 418

by krisbrowne42 (#34363280) Attached to: Have I Lost My Gaming Mojo?
When introducing yourself to Scotch (Even Single Malt) don't be afraid to add a bit of water to it. You actually allow more of the fragrance of the alcohol to diffuse as you dilute the drink, and so the flavor maintains very well, while reducing the pure alcohol burn which turns off many exploring drinkers.

Comment: Monsanto isn't an unbiased voice (Score 5, Insightful) 835

by krisbrowne42 (#32823318) Attached to: Avoiding GM Foods? Monsanto Says You're Overly Fussy
I would personally prefer to stay away from Monsanto based products not because I don't trust their science, but because I dislike their business practices and media tomfoolery. GM crops are a double-edged sword by all neutral study, having definite benefits of their own but creating potentially disastrous consequences (super-bugs and super-weeds, which are nearly immune to conventional herb- or insecticides), but the Intellectual Property abuse that comes of their use is hurting more farmers than those issues for now.
Patents

+ - Software patents over ZFS: collateral damages

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Coraid has notified that they will stop the distribution of their Z-NAS header due to a letter sent by NetApp. The Z-NAS devices were announced on May and would be a great competitor for high end storage solutions, like NetApp's devices. As the Z-NAS is based on Nexenta's storage platform and ZFS.

It seems that NetApp is trying to forbid anyone to use ZFS in a way that could hurt its huge benefits. Sun was the first dartboard for NetApp, and every single company that can become significant competition will suffer the same practices.

Came on guys at NetApp... don't fear competition. Just innovate more. Spend more on R&D and less on lawers!"
Firefox

+ - Firefox 4 Beta available for download-> 1

Submitted by tekgoblin
tekgoblin (1675894) writes "Yes you heard right, Firefox (Firefox) 4 beta 1 is now available for download. The update is released for Windows (Windows), Mac OSX, and Linux (Linux) operating systems. The update is chalk full of new features like: New HTML 5 support, CSS3, New Addons Manager, and more.. The full list is on their site, head on over and check it out!"
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+ - Amazon's original Kindle patent could spell troubl->

Submitted by eReaderBen
eReaderBen (1832704) writes "A patent applied for by Amazon in 2006 has been made public today as a consequence of its being granted, and its language is rather more wide-ranging (and forward-thinking) than we might have expected. Depending on the interpretation, Amazon’s patent may be broad enough to justify a lawsuit over devices like the Nook"
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Comment: Concept is good, execution.... Has issues. (Score 1) 195

by krisbrowne42 (#32315254) Attached to: New iConji Language For the Symbol-Minded Texter
The idea of a universal symbol language which translates to other languages without syntax is not new, but nobody has done it any "better" than this. The basic symbol sets do indeed capture the most essential frameworks for a message, but there is no mandate for how to create words beyond the initial set, and if words continue to come in then the character set will grow too large for a non-dedicated user to comprehend it.

On a more worrying note: There are major accessibility issues which have been ignored, which I am concerned might leave some things mistranslated. The most obvious example is having symbols of identical shape, but differing colors, with different meanings. This is bad for color-blind users obviously. Additionally, I was having a hard time differentiating the details of some symbols, even though I'm on a full size computer screen, wearing my glasses, etc. On a cell phone I'm willing to bet that won't be easier.

"And do you think (fop that I am) that I could be the Scarlet Pumpernickel?" -- Looney Tunes, The Scarlet Pumpernickel (1950, Chuck Jones)

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